Vodka drinker gets 40 month drive ban

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A drink-driver had his licence back for only two months before he was caught over the legal limit when behind the wheel.

Antanas Januskevicius had been to a friend’s house to drown his sorrows – downing a bottle of vodka and two other drinks – because his job was coming to an end.

Shelly Wilson, prosecuting, said a member of the public called police after following Januskevicius, who was travelling at 15-20mph, from Spalding’s Monks House Lane to Akita Close.

Mrs Wilson said police found Januskevicius asleep in the car – he was unsteady on his feet when he got out and gave a reading of 86 microgrammes of alcohol in breath, almost two-and-half times the legal limit of 35mcgs.

She said he later told police he had drunk a bottle of vodka and two other alcoholic drinks.

He was last before the court in February 2012 when he was disqualified from driving for 20 months for driving with excess alcohol.

Magistrates on Thursday banned Januskevicius from driving for 40 months and gave him a year-long community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work.

He must pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Januskevicius (37), of Harveys Close, Spalding, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He can cut ten months off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said Januskevicius hadn’t intended driving that day and “he can’t remember making the decision to do so”.

He understood he faced a minimum three-year ban because of the previous drink-drive offence.

Probation officer Kiran Patel said Januskevicius had heard his work contract was coming to an end and decided to drown his sorrows at his friend’s house.

Mr Patel told the court: “He has only been driving for the last two months after his last disqualification.”